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Published on June 28th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


turn cheap boards into a coffee table

here’s an idea from kane for converting cheap ikea panels into a coffee table.

“so you found a nice board from the as-is room with all 4 edges finished (ie. a cabinet door) for a price you can’t pass up and want to turn it into a coffee or side table, but don’t want to spend a lot of money or have to do a lot of engineering. well, here’s an easy solution for a base … as long as medium brown suits you.

acquire a ramberg bedside table. measuring roughly 18″ x 14″ x 16″, it’s big enough around to serve as a table base. more importantly, however, is that this piece is constructed with 7/8″ thick sides and shelf, making it very sturdy. with all 4 sides finished and a low $19.99 price tag new, it’s affordable too.

just build it up like it’s supposed to be – 6 dowels + 6 screws, but omit the glass and pegs. then use 4 small L-clips + short screws on the inside top edge of the ramberg and secure the new top. done.

this is pictured with a wood veneered door (15.5″ x 30.5″) that was purchased for a measly $0.49.”


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One Response to turn cheap boards into a coffee table

  1. lap desk says:

    I like the idea of turning the cheap boards into a coffee table. This table can also be used as a computer or laptop desk. All you have to do is to add a laptop fan. This can be a perfect desk when sitting on a floor or a small chair.

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